Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review for Stay by Hilary Wynne


Stay (Alexa Reed #1)


Set against the steamy and sultry world of South Beach, Florida, a modern romance unfolds in Stay.

Alexa is beautiful, independent and hard to resist for serially unattached Julian. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but their palpable chemistry and instant emotional connection is too strong to ignore. For the first time in years, Julian is interested in more than just sex. He wants a relationship with intoxicating Alexa, but it's not that simple. Not only are Julian and Alexa struggling with the intensity of this new relationship, but they also have to contend with Luke, Alexa's best friend, whose own love for her leaves him willing to do anything to convince her that Julian is not the man for her. Luke's determination and Alexa's secret past threaten to tear Julian and Alexa apart as she struggles to open her heart to love. Julian and Alexa embark upon a roller-coaster ride of emotional and physical passion that both pulls them apart and holds them together. Despite their affinity for each other, Alexa fears that Julian will leave when he learns about her past and Julian is unsure he can love a woman who in so many ways remains a mystery, a woman who keeps threatening to run, a woman who can't decide if she is going to STAY.
Review by Gia:
Stay is a good read.  It's an emotional roller coaster of a read.     Alexa is a great character but she is all over the place with her feelings.  In the beginning of the book Alexa is seeing a therapist to help with the lost of her ex Brady.   She has divided her "adult life into three phases: pre-Brady, during Brady, and post-Brady."  Just from reading that I know Alexa was going to have an emotional story to tell. 

 Luke is one of Alexa's best friends.  He is very protective of Alexa.  He is also a very good bartender.  Julian is Luke's boss.  Alexa meets Julian when at the bar.  Julian is a sexy Latin man.  He has a reputation of begin a ladies man.  Luke tries to keep Alexa from falling fro Julian.  Alexa likes Julian but her issues in the past prevent her from fully giving everything to Julian.  
I was surprised at how Luke treats Alexa towards the end of the story.   Stay is book one in the Alexa Reed series.  There isn't a big cliffhanger but it leaves you wanting more.  I can't wait to read more of Alexa and Julian's story.  I hope Luke make an appearance int eh next book too. 
4 Amazeballs Stars!!!

About the Author:
Have you ever woken up one day and said, “Today’s the day I’m going to do (insert thing here)?” Well, I did, and the result is my first novel, Stay. I always thought of myself as a decent writer, and then a trip down memory lane through my ninth grade book of poetry confirmed it. I realize that I have always had a romantic side and a way with words. With support from my husband and kids (and an unspoken agreement to leave me alone for a few hours every night), I embarked on this incredible writing journey.

I’m originally from sunny Southern California and spent my summers in South Florida. I attended college at FSU and received my Masters in New Mexico. I finally settled in the Washington, DC area. My happy place has always been anywhere near the water.

When I’m not writing, I help run a business with my husband, watch an inordinate amount of sports (my kids play something 365 days a year), indulge my competitive spirit on the tennis court, and spend time with my awesome family and friends.

I am an avid reader, but find my characters feel neglected when I hang out with other author’s characters for too long. When I do read, historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, places, and times.

I feel so blessed that my love of books inspired me to finally do something that I forgot I had always dreamed about doing.

My someday has arrived!

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